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Reginald Marsh
George Tilyou's Steeplechase
1932
oil and egg tempera
30 1/8 x 40 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation



At Steeplechase, a Coney Island amusement park just outside New York City, riders on wooden horses raced along iron rails suspended as much as thirty feet above the ground. In Marsh's canvas couples cling together in excitement, even as their glances stray to other riders.